|Birth: ||Dec. 10, 1943|
Los Angeles County
|Death: ||Feb. 3, 1968, Laos|
In Loving Memory of ... WALLACE LUTTRELL WIGGINS.
*** Wallace is buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, CA in the War Memorial section.
Posted by: Jason
~ ~ ~ Cemetery office has no record of this person - They also reported:I checked the Rose Hills grave locator service online and I even called the office. No person by this name at this cemetery. Sorry
*** SPECTRE crewchief - Wallace you are remembered. Outside the Whittier City Hall is a dedication. Your name is on the south facing plaque, warmed by the sun.
*** Captain Wiggins was a member of the 509th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. On February 3, 1968, he was the co-pilot of a Delta Dragger Fighter (F-102A) on a mission over Laos, when his aircraft was shot down. His remains were recovered on August 24, 1978 and identified on October 3, 1978. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.
You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in me, your brother, sisters and those who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!
WALLACE LUTTRELL WIGGINS - Air Force - MAJ - O4
Date of Birth Dec 10, 1943
From: WHITTIER, CA
Marital Status: Single - Father, Wallace S. Wiggins.
MAJ - O4 - Air Force - Regular
His tour began on Feb 3, 1968
Casualty was on Feb 3, 1968
In , LAOS
Hostile, died while missing, FIXED WING - CREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was recovered
Panel 37E - Line 15
Other Personnel in Incident: unknown
REMARKS: 08/24/78 REMAINS RETURNED MONTGOM HANOI
No further information available at this time.
1st Lt. Wallace L. Wiggins was assigned to the 509th Fighter Interceptor Squadron out of Clark AFB, Philippines.
The 509th was assigned TDY duty to Tan Son Nhut, Bien Hoa, and Da Nang Air Bases in South Vietnam and Udorn and Don Muang Royal Thai Bases in Thailand as an Alert Fighter Interceptor Unit.
On the morning of 3 Feburary 1968, after departing Don Muang in an F-102A, tail Number 56-1166 while flying an Escort Mission and CAP Protection over Route Package IV, Lt. Wiggins was shot down by North Vietnamese Ace Nguyen Van Coc flying a MIG-21PF with a single air-to-air missle.
The missle hit the F-102 but did not explode, lodging in the tail section of the aircraft.
Lt. Wiggins attempted to fly towards Thailand and safety but the aircraft crashed 35 miles east of Sam Noua in Laos.
Lt. Wiggins became Nguyen's 9th Kill, although the US gives him credit for 7.
The 509th lost 15 F-102's in the Vietnam War.
8 were lost to accidents, 4 were blown up by Viet Cong Sappers at Da Nang, 2 by AAA and the only one by another aircraft in a dog fight was Lt. Wiggins.
Lt Wiggins was promoted until a presumption of death by the SECDEF.
The Whittier Peace Memorial
The Whittier Peace Memorial was dedicated by the citizens of the Whittier area to the men who gave their lives in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
The names of 157 men who were killed, and two missing in action in Vietnam, are listed on three plaques.
Monies for the Memorial were raised by individual contributions, from the sale of needlepoint kits and from the Bicentennial Committee funds.
The memorial was designed by the architect William H. Harrison.
Note: Looking for location of his hometown Memorial Headstone.
Plot: Courts of the Missing
GPS (lat/lon): 21.31323, -157.84734
Created by: Eddieb
Record added: Jul 09, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 93363258